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Navy Spy (1937)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 13 March 1937 (USA)
A federal agent and a female reporter team up to catch a criminal gang that has kidnapped a scientist in order to get his formula for a new type of poison gas.


Crane Wilbur (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Conrad Nagel ... Alan O'Connor
Eleanor Hunt ... Bobbie Reynolds
Judith Allen ... Anna Novna
Jack Doyle Jack Doyle ... Lt. Don Carrington
Phil Dunham ... Dr. Matthews
Don Barclay ... Bertie
Howard Lang ... Barradine
Crauford Kent ... Capt. Leeds


A group of international and American criminals are trying to learn the secret formula of a concentrated vapor fuel invented by a U. S. Navy officer, Lieutenant Dan Carrington (Jack Doyle), who mysteriously disappears. Secret Service agent Alan O'Connor (Conrad Nagel), assisted by federal agent Bobbie Reynolds (Eleanor Hunt), is assigned to the case. Anna Novna (Judith Allen), a nightclub dancer who was involved with Carrington may know more about where Carrington is than she cares to divulge. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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13 March 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Directorial debut of Joseph H. Lewis. See more »


Referenced in Mr. Boggs Steps Out (1938) See more »

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Good Nagel, not so good else
24 January 2011 | by DeeJsBabeSee all my reviews

This is the second of four Alan O'Connor movies made in hopes of having a Boston Blackie type of success. This is not my favorite of the four, but Nagel looks more comfortable here than in his others. He dreadfully out-acts everyone else, and I don't mean overacts. His talent and natural voice would be smooth in this type of role, or even a more mysterious Lone Wolf (William Warren) role, although his facial structure lends him more to the Bob Hope type. Why am I going through all of this? Because, at this time in his career, Nagel was trying to re-find himself or re-launch his career -- without the help of the studios.

Dressed to the Nines, he makes his partner, Eleanor Hunt, look like a wilted flower pot. I mean, Torchy Blane is not that hot, and Torchy Blane, even she is not.

The story is OK. Some sailor gets kidnapped for his secret papers. Nagel and Bobbie run them down each using their talents in their own way. This actually is something other serial detectives lack -- sharing the case with someone else, on an almost equal level.

I've been waiting to see this installment, as it is the last of the four to be made available. It's available on Amazon as a DVD and a Video on Demand. Many of the Sinister Cinema movies are going to VOD, and there are plenty neat little early thirties Brit thrillers, so if it were not for Nagel, this would be much further down my list. The other three Alan O'Connors are available for free download at many archive places.

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